This brings me to a new knife Emerson has introduced: the CQC-10. As I mentioned earlier about an evolutionary progression from CQC-7 to SpecWar to Commander, I'd have to include the CQC-10...right after the SpecWar and before the Commander. Check the grip ergonomics and the blade. Gone is the Tanto-style blade, but not yet existent is the deep belly curve of the Commander. This no-nonsense folder offers the best of several worlds. The blade is perfectly functional for utilitarian use, but because of the tip design can also be easily deployed for rescue purposes. The grips are nicely shaped to insure a secure hold even under wet or slippery conditions. The lanyard hole, as with all Emerson knives, means you can tie the knife onto your gear someplace--especially if you happen to be working in a maritime environment.
That brings me to the last knife of the review: the CQC-15, which I'd have to put in between the SpecWar and the CQC-10 on the Emerson Knives evolutionary scale. The Tanto-style blade isn't fully apparent here--but neither is it completely non-existent. The partial Tanto style allows for strong blade tip strength and the soft curve provides for better cutting power when pressing into cuts. The soft belly curve found in the Commander is just starting to be seen in the CQC-15 and the grips are shaped well for a secure hold.